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Congratulations! You Have A LinkedIn Profile. So What?

If you are at all like 225 million other people, you have a LinkedIn Profile. If you are like a small percentage of them, you’ve taken the time to carefully display there your personal brand, fill in all your experiences, and accomplishments, and all the rest. Great! You absolutely need to do that, while sprinkling in all the keywords that a recruiter or hiring manager would expect to see from…read more →

Free Live LinkedIn Seminar!

I’m looking forward to returning to Career Transitions in Burlington, MA to present “Leveraging LinkedIn’s New & Old Features For Your Job Hunt” on Tuesday, March 11th at 10:00am – 12:30pm. The program takes place at the Burlington Free Library, and is open to everyone without charge. Come join us! Readers of this post will get a special bonus: if you introduce yourself to me at the event, I will…read more →

Is a Single Letter Preventing You From Getting a Job?

Today, I received an email from some of my fellow coaches and resume writing professionals who are members of the prestigious Career Directors International. They shared a number of real-life resume bloopers that brought a chuckle. I wanted to share a few of them with you: An IT Customer Service Representative: “Provided supper user training.” XXXX Shoe Store Manager: Profound footwear experience Remarkable undertanding of “retail” hours, which include day,…read more →

5 Ways To Answer: “Why Do You Want To Work Here”?

Imagine getting this call: “Hi Joe. This is Jane from ABC Corp. I’m responding to the résumé you submitted to us. Thanks so much for your interest. Tell me why this job appeals to you?” Gulp. Joe’s chances could be doomed from the get-go if he can’t quickly summon to mind a better answer than: “Well … I applied to lots of jobs. Remind me which company you’re calling from,…read more →

Unasked Interview Questions You Must Address, and more!

Several of my recent USNews & World Report “On Careers” blog  articles have been picked up and featured on Yahoo!, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider, and a host of other smaller sites. I’ve added links to 58 of these articles written over the course of the last year here on Jobhuntercoach. Click on the “Free Articles” on the site’s main menu, or this link: http://jobhuntercoach.com/articles/ to get access to all of…read more →

I’ve Joined Career Directors International

I’m proud to have joined Career Directors International, one of the premier organizations of professional resume writers, job hunter coaches. Many of the “elites” in the profession are members, and I’m looking forward to attending my first convention in October. By joining, sharing, and learning from my fellow professionals I’ll be be in a position to offer ever higher quality service, support and guidance to my clients. Stay tuned… I’ll…read more →

4 Keys To Find and Benefit From a Mentor

Neither life nor careers come with built in easy to follow directions. But a mentor who has trod your path before can be of tremendous value in helping you understand how to become more proficient in what you do, and advance your career. In this USNews article I talk about what to look for in a mentor and how to get the most out of the mentor-mentee relationship. Many businesses…read more →

4 Easy But Essential Steps for Interview Preparation

We talk all the time about how important it is to write a stellar resume and LinkedIn profile and engage in active networking both online and in person. But too often, once a job hunter has been scheduled for an interview he or she thinks, “Great. now all I have to go is go in and have a conversation to get a job.” Or, even more problematic, “OK, I’ll go…read more →

6 Ways Recruiters Use LinkedIn to Hunt Heads

Have you ever wondered how recruiters go about the task of hunting the heads they present to their client companies? I ran my own recruiting company for ten years before beginning Jobhuntercoach, and was among the earliest of LinkedIn Adopters. But much has changed since then and I wanted to check out today’s best practices. One of Boston’s best veteran recruiters, Mary Truslow, spoke with me about the multiple ways…read more →

6 Ways To Activate Your Network

Virtually every career coach, outplacement advisor, or college career service officer will agree: the best way to get a job is to network your way into it. But that can be a tall order if you’ve been out of work for some time, or if you think of yourself as a shy or introverted person. And it is doubly hard if you think of networking as just telling everyone in real…read more →